On the eve of the Labour Party conference, I’m proud to report the 50-strong ruling Labour Group on Hounslow London Borough Council voted to support a motion calling for a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal, with the option to remain in the EU.
The motion, which I proposed, is set to be passed by Hounslow Council at its meeting next month, after which Hounslow Council will join neighbouring Richmond upon Thames Council in formally supporting the People’s Vote campaign. It will also then write to both Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn urging them to support a referendum on the final Brexit deal or no deal.
Hounslow Council’s Labour Group – among of the largest of all the London Borough councils – has become the latest in a growing chorus of voices within the Labour Party calling for a People’s Vote, not least Sadiq Khan.
The Labour conference commences in Liverpool this week and already we know that the defining issue will be Brexit. Over 100 CLPs, including my own, Brentford & Isleworth, have submitted motions to conference calling for a People’s Vote. And with almost 80% of Labour members supporting a People’s Vote, I believe it is highly likely that conference will back a referendum on the final deal.
That’s because Brexit will be a disaster for the working-class people our party was founded to represent. They are the ones whose rights will be ripped up by any deal the government negotiates and they deserve a say on that. Hounslow Council has already had to make heartbreaking decisions to cope with central government slashing our budget. No more. We cannot afford the devastation that further cuts brought about by a Conservative Brexit will bring to our communities.
Jeremy Corbyn has always been on the right side of history and at conference he has a chance to show it again. As the true consequences of Tory Brexit become clear, I hope he will see the wisdom in giving the people a chance to turn away from the cliff the government is walking us towards.
The motion passed by Hounslow Council’s ruling Labour Group reads:
1) Wishes to formally add its voice to those calling for a public ‘People’s Vote’ on the final Brexit deal or lack thereof.
2) Agrees to liaise with the official ‘People’s Vote’ campaign on ways in which it can help promote its petition.
3) Resolves to write to Prime Minister Theresa May urging her to call a People’s Vote, and to write to Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Corbyn urging him to support a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal.